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Last Updated on 06/07/2017
Clear Legal Escrow Services - Scam
We are aware that a fraudulent entity by the name of Clear Legal Escrow Services are writing to members of the public and seeking to induce them to pay a fee in order to release supposed funds held in an escrow account for them following the sale of fictional assets. We are unaware of the scale of their actions, but have been made aware of four separate letters being sent to addresses in the Greater London and Leicester areas.
We categorically confirm that Clear Legal Escrow Services has nothing to do with Clear Law LLP, Clear Commercial or Clear Legal Limited.
The communication is always by letter, inviting the recipient to call 0207 041 8018 or write to 78 York Street, Marylebone, London, W1H 1DP. For the complete avoidance of doubt, we have never operated from any London premises, nor used an 0207 telephone prefix.
The letters all feature the below logo on the front page:
The letters deliberately seek to mislead recipients into believing that Clear Legal Escrow Limited is connected to our law firm by including details taken from Companies House of Clear Legal Limited, which is our official company name (we trade as Clear Law LLP or Clear Commercial). The letters also include details of our former Accountant, Gregory Kirby.
We wish to reassure our clients that these fraudsters are merely seeking to use part of our corporate identity to further their criminal actions. At no point have they obtained any of our client data, lists of current or former clients’ contact details, nor have they targeted our clients. All communication has been via indiscriminate letter rather than email or other means specifically targeting individuals.
We have reported the incidents to the Police and to the Solicitors Regulatory Authority and understand investigations are ongoing at present.
In the event that you receive such correspondence, our recommendation is to contact the Police’s Action Fraud unit on 0300 123 2040 and follow the advice they provide. Should you also wish to report to us, please call 0161 873 2740.
Andrew Kwan, Manager & Head of Compliance